Ramblings: Pettersson’s Line Mates, Lee’s Future, Talented Young Blue Liners

Cam Robinson

2018-07-20

 

 

Don’t forget, next week will be Bubble Keeper Week on DobberHockey. A whole week dedicated to players who are fighting for a continued spot on your rosters as we gear up for draft season.

 

I’m so excited that I’ll even talk about a bubbler this week too!

 

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A few more signings have occurred recently. Derek Grant landed in Pittsburgh for the league minimum. He’ll likely get the fourth line centre gig. The 28-year-old managed 12 goals and 24 points in 66 games with Anaheim last season.

 

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Madison Bowey re-signed as an RFA with the Stanley Cup Champions. The two-year, one-way deal pays him a million per season and should solidify his spot on the club. The 23-year-old was a healthy scratch for the final quarter and entirety of the Caps’ playoff run.

 

The right-side on the third pair should be his in 2018-19.

 

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Troy Stecher avoided arbitration with Vancouver by signing a two-year deal worth 2.325 million per season. The 24-year-old saw his production drop by 55 percent last season after a 24-point rookie campaign in 2016-17. The difference? He saw nearly three minutes of power play time per game as a freshman. He was essentially banished from it last year.  He's a valuable piece to the Canucks as the only right-side defender who can motor and create offense. 

 

If he's going to be productive though, the team will need to find a way to get him into more offensive situations. 

 

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For all of you who are excited about Elias Pettersson, I'll preach patience at the start. I was on Sportsnet650 on Friday afternoon (I come in around the 50-minute mark) and discu